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Massage Benefits For Pediatric Diabetes


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Massage Benefits For Pediatric Diabetes

Author : Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT

Submitted : 2014-01-10 05:05:47    Word Count : 434    Popularity:   Not Rated

Tags:   Liddle Kidz, Massage Therapy, Pediatric, Child, Baby Massage, Infant Massage, Diabetes, CAM

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Copyright (c) 2014 Liddle Kidz Foundation Infant and Children's Pediatric Massage

Roughly 1 in every 400 children and teens have diabetes leaving many families devastated at the news of a diagnosis. Many parents wish the diagnosis was their own, and on their search for Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) these parents find massage as one of the top choices. Massage can be the light during the dark time of diagnosis and provide assistance in long-term treatment.

Injection site discomfort is one of the biggest complaints for those who must receive an injection on a daily basis, many times leaving the area hard or rough. Studies have found providing massage on the injection site for roughly three minutes after injection helped improve insulin absorption later as well as skin elasticity in the long term. Another study that focused on children with diabetes found that after 1 month of parent provided full-body massage, children's glucose levels decreased from an average of 158 to 118 mg/dl. Not surprisingly, pediatric massage therapy also assisted in reducing parent and child anxiety and depression levels.

Massage has long shown benefits for provider and recipient but this is especially true when it pertains to caregiver and child. Parents can begin massage with their child during infancy which provides many benefits including facilitating a stronger family bond. This massage time can provide a time for you to sit down with your child, discuss their day or any anxiety they may have. This can be extremely beneficial around high times of anxiety, such as daily injection times or during a stressful visit to the doctor or hospital.

This important relaxation response from massage therapy has been linked to better control of counter-regulatory stress hormones which permits the body to use insulin more effectively. Massage can stimulate better blood movement around the body, which may improve circulation and may aid in combating diabetic neuropathy and other diabetic-related complications. A trial of diabetic patients who suffered from diabetic neuropathy of the lower limbs showed improved circulation through a massage trial. Massage was used every two days on the patients and the results showed improvement in 56% of those studied.

As with any new therapy, always talk with your child's pediatrician, or healthcare provider, before starting and consultation with a certified pediatric massage therapist is recommended. With the popularity of massage increasing many children's hospitals and other healthcare settings have pediatric massage therapists on staff. Alternatively they can usually recommend a local pediatric massage therapist who would be happy to supply information and answer questions enabling you to get started.

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Want to find out more about massaging your baby and the many benefits that it provides? Tina Allen, founder of the nurturing touch non-profit The Liddle Kidz Foundation, with over ten years of experience Ms. Allen has a plethora of resources for the interested parent.

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